All stories by Colonel ANIL A ATHALE (Retd)
Is Xi likely to be overthrown?Rediff.com10 Jun 2021
China's presence in the international dog house is just the kind of opportunity that his opponents must be waiting for, predicts Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
China's 'Sputnik Moment'Rediff.com22 May 2021
'Seen in the context of world turmoil in face of the pandemic and the Chinese 'miracle' of being the only country in the world to control it, this is not merely a 'Sputnik' moment, but a 'Sputnik Plus' moment,' argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why Xi's China resembles Nazi GermanyRediff.com17 May 2021
Chinese hubris and the slippery slope it finds itself on have important lessons for authoritarian leaders elsewhere, including in India, observes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Modi govt forced Pakistan to talk peaceRediff.com19 Apr 2021
'Under National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval and now Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, India began to actively work on Pakistani internal faultlines with a possibility of the break-up of Pakistan as the only solution,' observes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Enlist the army to fight the Naxalites!Rediff.com9 Apr 2021
'It is time to use the Indian military's decades-long expertise in fighting insurgency successfully,' advocates Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Is Pakistani leopard changing its spots?Rediff.com25 Mar 2021
All Pakistani moves towards peace will be seen as tactical compromises, to be abandoned when the situation changes, observes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Time for an India-Britain reset?Rediff.com17 Mar 2021
In the changed circumstances and attitudes in Britain, we must let bygones be bygones, argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Shivaji: Founder of the Indian secular StateRediff.com19 Feb 2021
Shivaji made sure that his soldiers respected the sanctity of mosques and the Quran Sharif to ensure that his fight against the Mughals did not become fight against Islam, explains Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Joe Biden's Many ChallengesRediff.com23 Jan 2021
'India should be aware that China will take full advantage of US domestic turmoil and reduced international prestige,' warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why Pakistan isn't taking advantage of Ladakh standoffRediff.com2 Jan 2021
TheWhat led to Pakistan not taking advantage of India's difficulty is the hold that the US has over the Pakistani ruling elite, observes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why India must celebrate its 1971 victoryRediff.com16 Dec 2020
We celebrate Dassera and regard it as an auspicious day as a day of victory of good over evil! So was 16 December! It is time we regard this day as auspicious as Dassera in future, observes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Time to end DRDO's monopoly on defence researchRediff.com17 Sep 2020
We must seize the opportunity provided by the COVID-19 crisis to kick-start indigenous research efforts, recommends Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
We need a treaty with America to deal with ChinaRediff.com8 Sep 2020
American help in defending our independence will send a strong signal to the Chinese, argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
75th Independence Day: What India should doRediff.com15 Aug 2020
India is too diverse to be governed centrally and with a single system. The way forward is for the central government to keep the monopoly of military power and a share of national resources while the provinces must have greater autonomy, recommends Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Pakistan is playing with fireRediff.com13 Aug 2020
'By annoying the Arabs and cozying up to Iran, Pakistan may end up losing Arab economic support, annoying the Americans and increase Shia-Sunni tensions domestically,' Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) points out.
To deny statehood to J&K is injusticeRediff.com27 Jul 2020
It is time we pre-empt Pakistan and the separatists by fast tracking normalcy, advises Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
World wants India to give China a bloody noseRediff.com17 Jul 2020
'Unlike the Chinese army that has been largely a peace time force, the Indian Army is a battle hardened force,' explains Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
China can't browbeat IndiaRediff.com13 Jul 2020
'By causing military humiliation of India it intends to send a signal to other Asian countries to toe the Chinese line,' argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
India must be on guard against a Pakistani attackRediff.com23 Jun 2020
Most of India's reserves for war in the mountains have been sucked in by the standoff with China. A large part of India's airpower has also similarly been committed on the eastern border. By moving these reserves to the China border, India has been weakened vis-a-vis Pakistan. All in all, the nightmare scenario for India of a two-front war may well come true, warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Beware of opportunist China!Rediff.com27 May 2020
'It is time we Indians stop our internal bickering and present a united front to Chinese machinations,' advises Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).